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monsbrick

monsbrick
Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: July 2, 2022
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Dreams ~ What are your drama at night? For the future? Daydreams? Lucid dreams?

Thank you for rating me. Grateful also, that you are reading my profile. Welcome, cozy up and get comfortable.

Please do let me know if anything I send to you smells bad or moldy. I have a horrible sense of smell but I can obtain assistance to help monitor what I am sending. I will of course try to refrain but if I miss I am happy to resend or make it right for you.

Please let me know if I send you a postage due item! I’m happy to make it up to you. My local post office has reduced hours still:(

I am 55 years old and live in Alameda an island town in the San Francisco Bay in Northern California.

One of you pointed out that I don’t write about my family here in the profile. Ok! Here it is. Carl is very private but helps my husband and we’ve been married for 5 years and together for 12 years! He has a daughter, my stepdaughter Sabrina. She’s 20 years old and attends UC Santa Barbara studying Physics. She also teaches kids and tutors in her spare time. And dances competitively in ballroom dance for fun.

A few of my favorite things: Free random things Library books Surprises All the colors of the rainbow and more colors that are in mind's eye but not in the material world Dreams Films Cooking channels Glamping at home like a princess!

Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace & Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, Pam at The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, Helen Colebrook, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts, and Tim Holtz.

Food: Cooking and nutrition are big for me. My current big project is on my recipe and family menu scrapbook.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: naked or in an envelope. And all postcards are loved here. I recycle them. ♻️

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Art, spiritual diaries, junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that organized though I do constantly try to get organized! My style is eclectic and messy and Bohemian. But I love to save all kinds of little bits and pieces. Ribbons, book pages, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper, yarn, tissue, packaging, found objects, even washi tape.

Thank you to all the 100’s of stickers, ephemera, and extras in my swaps. There have been so many beautiful and thoughtful gifts from you all!!!

Favorite Books

What are you reading or listening to? Would you recommend a book to me?

Listening to Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon and also I’m on volume 7 of the audio version of Poem of the Man-God the Gospel as Revealed to Me by Maria Valtorta. I’m relishing it. It’s very difficult to find this book in print versions they are very expensive like hundreds of dollars but I’m overjoyed that I can order the audiobooks all the volumes! There are more than 5 volumes.

Another book I’m physically reading is Waterlog by Roger Deakin. I have a visual notepad for all the botany and bird references and places he visits. I am learning like I’m in a traveling Biology class! And my sort of personal blog is beautiful with images of wood thrushes and hidden ponds and new plants. It feels like you are on a secret solo adventure swimming across England Im trying to get my guts up to swim here on my cold island. Maybe as the days warm up I will wade in the water. There are many who come here just to do that and the water is pretty shallow around much of our island. I’ll keep you posted if I crawl out of my heated club pool and into the brackish estuary! Or open bay water!

Oh it was after listening and reading Bonnie Tsui’s book entitled Why We Swim, that I was inspired to start this book. She is a local San Francisco swimmer. And she sells the benefits of cold plunge or long distance cold swimming. I am a swimming addict though I prefer my water around 80F. It feels like an alien or other world when you swim especially wild swimming but even in the holographic prismatic water of a swimming pool. It’s like magic but scientific. It’s heavenly. You can fly in the water.

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi *John Joseph Adams

Science fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson *Scott Sigler

Horror

*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Scott Sigler *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*Sue Grafton - mystery *James Baldwin *Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Marguerite Duras *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger *Jim Harrison *Ursula LeGuin

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Esther Perel
*Gabrielle Bernstein *Eckhart Tolle *Jack Kornfield *Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

Naturalists

*John Muir *Bonnie Tsui *Roger Deakin *Henry David Thoreau *John McPhee

Writing

On writing, mostly I write for myself. At Thanksgiving my family has found a small box of my old journals and diaries and I’m anxious to read these again. I’d given them up as lost years ago. Hmmm…that was stressful to relive and I shredded and composted all those old memories phew!!!

Sometimes I work with fabrics, found objects, ribbons, yarns and fiber art. I love words and I’m looking at ways to include more words and text. Instead of typical planner stickers I’ve mixed these ephemera into my daily planner like a scrapbook. The more I make art the more I use the tactile or visual images to speak volumes and less words I want to write. And it’s less analysis more fun.

Most recently I’m putting together a personal recipe and food journal. Omnivore when I was younger I was vegetarian.

If you have ideas and suggestions around food and cooking and food storage or organizing my pantry and fridge please let me know! I’m curious. Or how to succeed at meal prep please share them with me!

What are your food stories and food ritual secrets? What patterns have you made? Do you consciously entertain or create environment at your home around meals?

Wanderlust

Swim, walk, run, dance and yoga. I Dance at my home work desk and I dance at my workout gym. I used to do all night dancing on little runner energy sticks and gel packs. I miss those days though my friends put on Glitch or other Zoom style events.

I keep sanity by getting outside in nature and breathing fresh air. And lots of 12 step groups.

Outside in our back patio, we set up a table and lawn chairs. I love to work outside and lounge. The bright jewel colors in my flower garden keep me inspired from lemon to purple lavender and Mexican deep purple sage blooms.

In our front yard, the white hawks come this time every year to nest and I adore them. 🌲

Favorite Movies

A few of my favorite films: Almost Famous, All the President’s Men, Gladiator, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Splendor in the Grass, Get Him to the Greek, The Last Emperor of China, Gladiator, The Hunger Games, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Marie Antoniette, The Seven Samurai, Hero, Mulan, Godard’s Weekend, Masulin/Feminin and Breathless.

A few filmmakers I like are both Tony and Ridley Scott, the Cohen Brothers, Francis Ford and Sofia Coppola, Jon Chu, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Kasi Lemmons, and Jean-Luc Godard.

ATC and Postcards

Send anything! I am dabbling in many formats. Send a creation or postcard you would like to receive.

Favorite Music

Love all kinds of music, all genres. I listen to electronica, opera, soundtracks. Also pop, chill, jazz, blues, classical and more. I subscribe to SoundCloud, Apple Music and attend Glitch and other online sound events. I download all kinds of podcasts and news on YouTube or other online sources. Spoken word.

I love to change my daily playlist with my 5000+ songs in my collection.

Here are a few of my favs:

*Ben Watts’ Lazy Dog (Electronica) *Adele’s Easy on Me *John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch. and One Beer *Dave Brubeck’s Take Five (Jazz) *Carol King’s You’ve Got a Friend *Billie Eilish anything by her

Gardens & Plants

My garden is in between plantings right now. It’s cherry season locally and this year I finally want to go to the local cherry picking farms. 🍒

And I will start some sprIuts and microbrew s. Did you know that sprouts and seeds can be 1000x ok that might be an exaggeration but they are very super nutritious.

What about your garden or plants? Do you like to garden? What is your garden like?

Ratings

grammypammy rated for ABC's & 123's ~ June on Jun 30, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for participating in this swap and for all the goodies you sent: stickers, stationery, new & used stamps! I loved everything!
Catt007 rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard-May on Jun 26, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much, I love the card and the extra envelope is gorgeous. Thank you for the stamps, I collect them for charity but these are really nice, I may keep them 😺
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Comment: Thanks so much! Will pass along! <3 AL
Ikat78 rated for Traveling Pen Pal PostCard Swap #10 on Jun 21, 2022
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Comment: Marie, thank you for the vintage photo, pc, and washi! I have made pen pals through this swap. I reached out to one person. No one has reached out to me. How about you?
Fabriqueen rated for May St Michael's Necklace on Jun 18, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so, so much for the beautiful necklace and prayer card! I love it! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
JanHardt rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #109 on Jun 18, 2022
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Comment: Thank you the vintage papers. Wow, can I use them! I like what you have started on your postcard, and am excited to put my mark on it. Great swap.
metrognome rated for FLL: Not on stationery on Jun 16, 2022
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Comment: Thanks! No plans for the summer yet, but I did buy a state park pass that I want to get some use of.
USAFwife rated for FLL: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 15, 2022
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Comment: First of all, love the stationery. :) (haha!) Thanks so much for your nice letter. :) I think I'm one of the few left to not see Maverick! I was never really excited about Top Gun when it came out, but I"m sure we'll see it eventually. The theater you went to sounds awesome though! Our squirrel herd has thinned since I ran out of the seed. We'll see how many return when I remember to buy more. :) Falcon loves to chase them, but I don't encourage it too much! Like you said, pictures of expensive vet bills!! :(
cynaemon rated for Religious Postcard and a Prayer on Jun 15, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard and prayer.
howdyholly rated for Art Collab PC #102 (USA) on Jun 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful extra postcard. The black border really sets it off.
Burger1girl rated for Mail Art & Mystery Goodies on Jun 14, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies! The envelope is beautiful. I'm saving the quote to put in my journal. The peacocks are so pretty. And all the vintage items are so unique to look at! Thank you again and Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Thanks for goodies
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Comment: Thanks for this great postcard and the extras! I love all the stamps! It arrived in perfect condition. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
carrotkate rated for FLL: Write On #3 on Jun 7, 2022
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Comment: Sorry for the late rate! I had mis-filed this in the "write back" pile! Thanks for the great letter on reused pages, and for the book recommendation!
Coffeeegal rated for Make a Bible Journal Page #1 on Jun 7, 2022
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Comment: Thank you and your right amazing verse
Anastacizittel rated for Penpals across the world. on Jun 7, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful art and the story behind it. <3
Fuchsi rated for R&W: Journal Pages #1 on Jun 4, 2022
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Comment: Hello Marie, I'm sorry I'm rating this late, but I was sure I already rated you once... That's strange! ^^° Anyways: Sorry for my delay and thank you very, very much for this awesome swap! It was wonderful read and I loved hearing about your day. :-) Yours, Maxi
babyblues65 rated for MMPC - Mixed Media Collage Art on Jun 3, 2022
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Comment: Hi Marie!!! Thank you for the wonderful ATC you made for me!!! The background IS really pretty, I love the watercolor effect you got! Thank you for the extras and drum roll..........the amazing envelope you made!!!!! That paper is gorgeous! I"m keeping it to use up every little scrap of it I can!! Have a great summer!
lostinavalon rated for R&W: Journal Pages #2 on May 26, 2022
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Comment: I really enjoyed reading your journal pages. Thank you so much for sending and thank you for the postcards!
Response: Did you? Thank you so much!!!

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grammypammy on Jun 27, 2022:

ABCUSA ~ ABC's & 123's ~ June

Thank you for the stamped images on the stationery and the envies you included and thanks for the new and used stamps!

Hugs, Pam

grammypammy on Jun 22, 2022:

ABCUSA ~ ABC's & 123's ~ June

Thank you for the handwritten/painted Bible verses!

Hugs, Pam

carol on Jun 17, 2022:

Thanks for sending my Collaboration PC home and for your cutouts. They're the perfect addition to finish off those goofy birds! Love it! It's always so much fun to see what everyone does on these collaborations! So much creativity!

grammypammy on Jun 10, 2022:

ABCUSA ~ ABC's & 123's ~ June

Thank you for the Stickers! I love the package you sent and the Faith sheet too! Enjoy your day!

Hugs, Pam

CherryBlossomLady on Apr 16, 2022:

Just FYI- Cynaemon won the necklace drawing this month. I hope you will continue to play. I only have a couple left!

-Indira

CherryBlossomLady on Apr 13, 2022:

Hey Marie! Hello from Indira and the SMPW group! I hope you win the necklace. Stay tuned for the random drawing. Heidi will do it online and post it via YouTube!

-Indira

supersquirrel on Feb 19, 2022:

Hello! Thank you for the vintage photos and finished JAM. Gladly work on one for you 🙂🙃🙂

JuneRosebud on Feb 14, 2022:

H a p p y V a l e n t i n e ' s D a y!! Hope your day is fun & happy=)

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 30, 2022:

Hope you had a great first month of JAN and may your Feb be even better!!

-Indira

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 30, 2022:

Welcome to our group! So glad to have you join us!

Peace be with you! Indira

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